How to make rustic natural Christmas decorations

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether you are a mom, teacher, newlywed or someone else wanting to create beautiful Christmas decorations on a budget, making rustic natural Christmas decorations is a frugal option. Make natural ornaments for your own home, use them as gifts for friends and family or bring them to an ornament exchange party. The base materials of the ornaments are free for the gathering, while the supplies for adding the details are basic supplies already in most arts and crafts cupboards.

Twig snowman

Gather twigs from your yard that are as thick as your thumb. Break the twigs into approximate 12.5 cm (5-inch) lengths. Each twig length will be a snowman ornament.

Paint the entire twig using white acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry. Paint 2.5 cm (1 inch) of one end of the stick using black acrylic paint. This is the snowman's hat. Allow the paint to dry.

Apply craft glue around the bottom edge of the painted hat. Cut a 11.5 cm (4 1/2-inch) length from a black pipe cleaner. Place the pipe cleaner into the glue. Wrap the pipe cleaner ends to the back of the stick. Cross the ends and position them to stick straight out on both sides of the snowman. This forms the brim of the snowman's hat.

Dip a cotton swab into blush make-up. Dab two cheeks on one side of the snowman, below the hat brim. Dip the blunt end of a wooden skewer into orange acrylic paint. Dot the paint into the centre of the snowman's face, between the cheeks. Dip the skewer into black acrylic paint and dot two eyes above the nose and five dots below the nose to form a smile.

Rip a 1.5 cm (1/2-inch) wide strip of Christmas fabric. Cut the strip to 20 cm (8 inches) long. Wrap the strip around the snowman below the smile and tie into a knot. This is the snowman's scarf.

Cut a 18 cm (7-inch) length of black yarn for the ornament hanger. Bring the ends together and tie them using an overhand knot. Apply craft glue to the back of the hat. Place the knotted ends of the hanger in the glue and allow to dry.

Paint the tips of a pine cone using craft glue.

Sprinkle a glitter colour of your choice over the wet glue. Shake off the excess. Allow the glitter to dry. The craft glue will dry clear.

Cut an 45 cm (18-inch) length of 0.5 cm (1/4-inch) wide ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around a soda can and tie into a bow. Slide the ribbon ring off the can. Apply glue to the centre, flat bottom end of the pine cone. Place the side of the ribbon ring that is opposite the bow into the glue. This is the ornament hanger. Allow the glue to dry.

Cut 1 cm (1/2-inch) thick slices from a firewood log approximately 4 inches in diameter. Each slice will be an ornament. Drill a small hole through the thickness of a slice 1 cm (1/2 inch) from the edge.

Apply craft glue to the back of a child's school picture. Center the picture on one side of the log slice.

Draw a design around the picture using craft glue and the tip of the glue bottle. Sprinkle the glue with a glitter colour of your choice. Shake off the excess. Allow the glue to dry.

Cut a 18 cm (7-inch) length of 0.25 cm (1/8-inch) wide ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the drilled hole in the log slice. Bring the ends together and tie them in an overhand knot. This is the ornament hanger.

Things You'll Need

  • Twigs
  • Ruler
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Craft glue
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Cotton swab
  • Blush make-up
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Christmas fabric scraps
  • Black yarn
  • Pine cone
  • Glitter
  • Half a cm (1/4-inch) wide ribbon
  • Soda can
  • 10 cm (4-inch) diameter firewood log
  • Mitre saw
  • Drill and small bit
  • School picture
  • 1/4 cm (1/8-inch) wide ribbon
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About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.